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The Root Causes of Myanmar's Coup Go Deeper

The cover of a report with an image of soldiers in Myanmar in the days after the 2021 coup.
The cover of a report with an image of soldiers in Myanmar in the days after the 2021 coup.

The National League for Democracy's landslide victory in November 2020 catalyzed the Myanmar military's decision to overthrow the democratically elected government on February 1st, 2021, but the structural causes of democratic decline run deeper. Ye Myo Hein, a Public Policy Fellow with the Wilson Center, explores the causes leading to Myanmar's military takeover, from the limitations of its democratic transition to the role of an increasingly autocratic neighborhood. As he argues, more should be done to restore democracy in Myanmar.

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Ye Myo Hein

Global Fellow;
Former Executive Director, Tagaung Institute of Political Studies
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